Beverly Cleary, Author of Children's Books, Dies at Age 104
Beverly Cleary, the children's book author beloved by generations of young readers, has died in Carmel Valley, California, according to reports.
Cleary lived with her family on a farm until she was six, when her father got a job at a Portland bank.
In 1950, at age 34, she published her first book, Henry Huggins, featuring illustrations by Louis Darling, Jr.
It also included a number of neighborhood kids, including Beatrice "Beezus" Quimby and her younger sister Ramona.
Ramona the Pest followed in 1968, with Ramona the Brave in 1975, Ramona and Her Father in 1977, Ramona and Her Mother in 1979, Ramona Quimby, Age 8 in 1981, Ramona Forever in 1984, and finally Ramona's World in 1999.